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Pahtodawgyi, Mandalay

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The life's work of an eccentric king, Pahtodawgyi stands as a testament to a construction project meant to create one of the world's largest shrines. Commissioned in 1790 by King Bodawpaya, the temple never saw completion due to prophetic fears of the king's death should the structure ever be finished. You'll immediately notice that the temple towers above the surrounding forest and river shore, measuring 52.4 m (172 ft) in height. Wander the grounds around the monumental temple base and you'll see other features of the complex, including two giant stone lions and an enormous bell. Don't miss the nearby model that illustrates the hypothetical appearance of the would-be structure. A visit to Pahtodawgyi represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mandalay online journey planner to plot your vacation.
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  • You have come on an hour boat trip so you see everything. Including this massive, unfinished, fairly ugly pagoda base. Then visit Myatheindan , see village life, and buy something local, they are batt...  more »
  • About 10 km from Mandalay and accessible by boat trip along the Ayeyarwaddy River, departing for Gaw Wein Getty pier. The ruins are the brick remains of a massive construction project started by King Bodawpaya in 1790, intentionally left unfinished. Although damaged by various earthquakes, it retains its charm.
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  • Very nice place, worth the visit. Pros: Easy to walk by, great pictures, it is next to the lion statues which look impressive (although they lack their heads) We saw an impressive blue lizzard here, beautiful There are nice crafts shops around Cons: Very exposed to sun, so very hot. People chase you trying to get money out of you. You can't enter, there is only one of the four doors that is still being used (not destroyed) but it only contains a small Buddha.
  • Amazing. Beware of locals who will follow you, make small talks, and then ask for tips later. Other travelers I've met also said that some merchants will be more aggressive.
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